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October 20, 2017
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Rector's Reflection
Giving to St. Margaret's

This week St. Margaret's launches our annual giving campaign: "Making a Place to Gather and Grow." And we are asking everyone who attends to consider what St. Margaret's mission means to you, to our community and to the world. 

Our world is increasingly divided; and the fractures run along deep lines that we know all too well: race, gender, wealth, sexual orientation, and religion. For decades, St. Margaret's has promoted the love of Jesus by focusing on ministries of inclusion, economic justice, and equality. Through our 
programming, our teaching, and our witness, we help one another become the hands and feet of Christ. This is the place where we are reminded that the work we do in the world is not in vain, that we serve a higher purpose, and that every act of love and discipleship works toward constructing a world in which all of God's children are valued.

Our success in this endeavor is contingent upon all of us participating, doing what we can, and using the gifts we've been given to support the mission of the church. We value all who serve and volunteer in all our ministries. What you give matters. And the blessing of your financial support allows us to keep our doors open, our lights on and our ministries active.  

This congregation is financially blessed in many ways. We have members who have faithfully pledged their support for as long as they have been attending.  We have members who have continued to support us even after they have passed on from this world. By God's grace and our community's generosity, we have endured. For our ministry to carry on for the next generation, it will take the generosity every person who finds hope and a home in this place.   

I recognize that there are many wonderful organizations doing good things in the world. And while I give to several organizations (the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Society of St. John the Evangelist and Union Theological Seminary), the bulk of my family's giving comes to St. Margaret's. I give to this church because I believe in our mission and I believe that God is working in and through us to manifest redemption in the world. 

I encourage you, if you see God working in this church, if you experience our ministry making a difference, make St. Margaret's your first investment. Help us continue to be the community that welcomes and includes and makes space for all of God's people. Help us in "Making a Place to Gather and Grow." 

In Peace and Love,
  • Attention: This Sunday, October 22 the Marine Corp Marathon will cause closings of many streets and bridges in the District of Columbia. Please plan your alternate route so that you can make it to Sunday Service!
  • The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated on November 5. It is our tradition to read the names of those who have died since the last All Saint's Day during the liturgy. If you would like to include someone in our list please send those names to the Parish Office by November 2.
  • St. Margaret's Day will be celebrated on November 12. There will be one service at 10 a.m. and will feature our bagpipe procession and the dedication of our new Alleluia banner, stitched by former rector Vienna Cobb-Anderson. The service will be followed by a potluck lunch and all are invited to attend.
  • Congratulations to our own Charlie Grizzle, who was inducted into the  University of Kentucky Arts & Science Hall of Fame!
  • Hail and Farewell: St. Margaret's bids farewell to Meredith Baker and her partner, Rob, as they move to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and to Alex and Molly McCarthy as they relocate to New York City.
2018 Stewardship Campaign
This is the theme of this year's Annual Stewardship campaign - the time when members of the Parish reflect on the mission and ministry of St. Margaret's and our financial commitment to sustaining that mission and ministry. Over the coming weeks, you will hear about why other members of our community make a financial commitment or pledge to St. Margaret's, how you can make a pledge and what ministries your pledge supports. Pledging is a voluntary act of faith that celebrates the gift we have received from God and in the St. Margaret's community. We will be collecting our pledges as a community on St. Margaret's Day, November 12. If you have any questions, please contact any Vestry or clergy member or Jane Quenk, the Stewardship Committee chair, at
Formation Events
Unabashedly Episcopalian: An Inquirer's Class
Six weekly sessions through Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10:15 a.m. in the parlor

Are you new to church in general, or new to the Episcopal Church? Are you interested in learning about the Anglican tradition of how praying shapes believing, and of how justice has become central to our Church identity? Join us for St. Margaret's fall Inquirer's Class, based on the book Unabashedly Episcopalian: Proclaiming the Good News of the Episcopal Church by Bishop Andrew Doyle. 

Whether you're new to the Episcopal Church or just want to remember why you love it, come to be inspired, taught, and motivated in your faith journey. Should participants choose, this class can also serve as preparation to be baptized, confirmed, received, or to reaffirm baptismal vows in the Episcopal Church at a diocesan-wide service at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, November 11. To sign up or for more information, contact Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg at

Christians Thirsting for Justice
A monthly conversation on the second Thursday of the month, beginning Thursday, November 9, through Thursday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Board Room ( 1737 Connecticut Ave NW ).

What do the scriptures have to teach us about racial justice? Or about LGBTQ liberation? Why is gun violence a theological issue? What's the connection between faith and sexuality? What does the Christian tradition have to teach us about gender equality-or about rupturing the binary? And how can progressive Christians relate to people of other faiths and no faith?

Explore possible answers to these and many more questions at the intersection of Christian faith and social justice in a frank and honest discussion over food and drinks at Board Room. Each gathering begins with a brief overview of an issue. We then have facilitated dialogue, and bring things to a close with prayer.  This series will be co-sponsored by All Souls Episcopal Church, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church.  No church affiliation is required to attend. Admission and food are free, but purchasing drinks from the venue is encouraged. For more information, email Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg at .

The First Sunday Forum
The First Sunday of each month through May 2018, following the 11:15 a.m. service in the parish hall

November 5: "How To Read Epistles" (led by Diana Wright)
December 3: "How To Pray" (led by Kym)
January 7: "How To Care" (led by Richard)
February 4: "How To Read the Bible, Part 2" (led by Kym)
March 4: "How To Pray, Part 2" (led by Richard)
April 8: "Why We Celebrate the Eucharist" (led by Richard)
May 6: "When Cursing is Advised" (led by Kym)
Rummage Sale
It is that time again! The St. Margaret's Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Donations of clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares and small appliances are accepted during office hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday between services. In addition, donations will be accepted:  Saturday,  October 21 , 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday,  October 22 , 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Note also that jewelry donations can be accepted by department co-chairs Cathy Connelly and Ana-Mita Betancourt  or given to the clergy.
Thanksgiving 'Basket' Collection
Every year at this time, the generous parishioners of St. Margaret's donate Thanksgiving "baskets" (grocery bags, really) filled with all the nonperishable food needed to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for at Marie Reed Elementary School on 18th Street.

Here is what we need in each "basket":

--2 two pound bags of rice,
--2 bags of black beans,
--2 large cans of yams,
--2 boxes of stuffing mix
--1 $25 gift card from Safeway or Giant to buy a turkey.

You can put your donations on the table in the glass top table room opposite the reception area on the second floor of 1830 Connecticut Avenue. Please do not leave them on the floor or on a window seat!

Last year, the Washington area was struck with a canned yam shortage in mid-November, so it might be a good idea to get your contributions in early!

Contact Anne Chase at (202) 277-5266 with questions.
On the Way Bible Study
Join the On the Way (OTW) group for Bible study and our continuing discussion of  Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.  All are welcome as we share this time of study, fellowship and prayer. Aslan explores traditi onal understandings of our faith story alongside the economic, political and religious events of first-century Palestine. How did Jesus and his contemporaries understand the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God, and how is our faith experience affected by what scholars uncover about the "historical" Jesus?  The next meetings of OTW will be Mondays, October 30, November 13 and November 27 from  7 to 8:30 p.m.  in the Glass Top Table Room. An optional brown-bag supper is enjoyed at  6:30 p.m.  For more information please contact Bill Amt at .
Charlie's Place
Charlie's Place Updates
Charlie's Place Wishlist
Updated 10/13/2017
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Single-serving "flip top" cans that don't need an opener - e.g. soup, stew, ravioli, fruit
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Socks
Join us for St. Margaret's Second Saturdays at Charlie's Place!
Are you looking for a great way to start off your weekend and experience the power of service? Are you proud of St. Margaret's support of Charlie's Place, and have you wanted to experience it in person, but are unable to do so on weekdays? Join other St. Margaret's volunteers to cook and serve breakfast the second Saturday of every month. Hours are 7:30-10 a.m.(ish); for more information or to join our mailing list, e-mail Kate Weber ( Volunteers are also needed for other days (not just Saturdays); for details e-mail Barbara Wille (

CFC Campaign
Please support Charlie's Place with your gift through the Combined Federal Campaign! It is that time, and we really hope that many will choose to support Charlie's Place with a gift through CFC. It is a challenging time for Charlie's Place, but our commitment to our clients has never been stronger! Our CFC number is 33959.

Every morning, the following is part of our morning prayer/statement that is read in our program: "Let us be an instrument of social justice in this community."  Please join us in strengthening our service to our homeless and hungry clients by choosing Charlie's Place for a CFC gift.

Thank you in advance, and please let me know if you have any questions, and if you'd like to help! Best wishes, Barbara Wille ( 

New to St. Margaret's?
Welcome! Please fill out one of the cards at the end of your pew and place it in the plate or give it to a vestry member.
Prayers of the People
For Those We Love
Clergy:  The House of Bishops; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Diocesan Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde; St. Margaret's Clergy: Rector Kimberly Lucas, Rev. Richard Weinberg.

Companion Dioceses: The Diocese of Southern Cape, in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa; the Diocese of Jerusalem; and for Dr. Madrid and the people of Proteccion, Honduras.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Pray for church musicians and choirs; Pray for international human rights and all organizations and individuals that promote peace and justice worldwide.

St. Margaret's Cycle of Prayer:  St. Margaret's  Music Ministry.

Flowers: On the wedding anniversary of Tom and Kate Blackburn.

Those Celebrating Birthdays:  Lou Rollinson, October 20; Larry Ruberl, October 20;  Melissa Shaw, October 20; Rev. Richard Weinberg, October 21; Tracy Lush, October 26; Elizabeth Ransom, October 27; Laura Sequeira, October 28; Polly Donaldson, October 29.
Sick Parishioners:  Isabelle Melese-d'Hospital, Frank Haendler, Heidi Mayor; Farar Elliott, Bill Amt, Jan Volkemer; Roberta Ujokovich, Susan Rees, Nancy Scoutt; Michael Suggs, Edith Scott, Marcelina Maynard; Beryl Gill, Pat Heinz, Michelle Brito; Peter Winkler, Ashley Heinz, Louise Thomson; Janet Neale; and Jill Bell.

Sick Family & Friends of Parishioners: Ben Bagley (brother of Katie Bagley), John Templin (brother of Helen Templin), Alice McCray (neighbor of Tom and Kate Blackburn); Bee James (grandmother of Doni Holloway), Terry Byington (niece of Allen Ellwood), Daniel Gri (friend of Lance Tucker); Nancy Snyder (friend of Anne Chase), Stephen Austin (cousin of Anne Chase), John Murphy (friend of Linda Harbin Suggs); Donald Czaja (uncle of Gabrielle Czaja), Randi Stith (friend of Regina Curran), Betty van Iersel (friend of Peter Winkler); Mary Jane Hicks (mother of Daniel Hicks), Marjorie Jeanne Worrell (mother of Carol Ward), Colin Rankin (grandson of Carlin Rankin); Martha Ann Day (friend of David Boling), and John Waters (Uncle of Peter Winkler).

The Departed: Robert Weber (grandfather of Kate Weber),  Carlos Rivera (father of Pedro Rivera),  Carl Schoonover (grandfather of Bert Russ);  Don Shriver (great uncle of Bert Russ), Meredith Bell-Platts (friend of Bert Russ),  Michael Lybarger (brother of Kate Blackburn);  Edward Lewis (father of Mary Gupton), Gilbert Melese (father of Isabelle Melese-d'Hospital), Eduardo Betancourt (cousin of Pedro Rivera); Timothy Elliot (father of Farar Elliot), and Richard Moreland (father of Genevieve Moreland) .

Those Serving Abroad & Their Families: Especially those serving in the U.S. Military and Foreign Service Service; Strother Murray in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and for those serving as observers, members of the press, and relief workers. We pray for all of those who have lost their lives, been wounded or are held hostage around the world.
Help us to maintain our Prayer List for the Sick Family & Friends of Parishioners: If you would like St. Margaret's to pray for a friend or family member, e-mail us at When someone appearing on the list is no longer in need of prayers, do let us know! 

Of course everyone needs prayers all the time, but after approximately 3 months, unless you tell us otherwise, we will remove the person from the list. If someone still needs our prayers, simply shoot us an e-mail and we'll add them back on.
Sunday Worship
Schedules, Resources, Info

Worship Schedule:
Holy Eucharist at 9
 a.m.  and 11:15 a.m.
The Rev. Kym Lucas, Rector

The Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg, Parish Missioner & Formation Associate
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